Not many players can keep the patience that Jharkhand’s left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has kept. After playing First-class cricket for almost 15 years, Nadeem’s life came full circle when he was added to the Indian squad for the Ranchi Test just a day before the start of play. And the next morning he was a part of the playing XI.
While Nadeem waited for such a long time, his patience did pay off as the left-hander scalped his first Test wicket on the third day of the match.
Shahbaz sent a dangerous-looking Temba Bavuma back in the pavilion after he was stumped by Wriddhiman Saha. He bowled a flighted delivery to Bavuma who completely misjudged it and failed to defend the ball.
WV Raman, Venkatramana and Aashish Kapoor are the only Indian players who bagged their first Test wicket through stumping. Shahbaz eventually returned with figures of 2/22 after Anrich Nortje trapping in front of the stumps as South Africa were bowled out for 162 trailing India by 335 in the first innings.